Thursday, 23 July 2015

Teacher Tips Linky - Teaching Figurative Language?

This is my first link up with the Australian Teachers Blog and I thought I'd share some activities I did around figurative language along with some useful websites to visit (and bookmark!). If hope these ideas will be helpful if you are planning on teaching figurative language too.

 This week my Year 3 students have been learning about
figurative language. We are striving to make our writing more exciting, especially when it comes to producing narratives! 

We began this unit by watching some commercials and snippets of movies. This was a great way of engaging students and relating figurative language to things that are familiar to them. Although we didn't go into depth about each figurative language device, it demonstrated how figurative language enhances spoken and written language.  

My Figurative Language PowerPoint provided a simple definition of figurative language to head us in the right direction. We then investigated similes using the information and activities presented on the slides. We will use this same presentation when looking at the other figurative language devices over the course of this term.

Students then came up with their own definition of a simile, followed by some examples and an illustration. I find that when students write their own definitions it is more meaningful to them. They really enjoyed completing this task, especially the challenge at the end where they had to come up with a simile about their friend. This pack can be found here.

I am looking forward to continuing this unit over the next few weeks. It's sure to make a big impact on their writing. I've now put up some bright figurative language posters in my class which we will be referring to as we progress through this unit.

Are you teaching figurative language? Here are my go-to sites:

Figurative Language Video
(great for defining what figurative language is!)

Figurative Language in Commercials and Movies
(examples of some devices)

Handy Handouts
(Teacher notes on each figurative language device)

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Blog Facelift

It's taken me a while to do this, but I just have to say a huge THANK YOU to the very talented Stephanie from Fishing for Education who designed my blog! She is absolutely amazing at what she does, I couldn't be happier with my new blog look. Her page is definitely worth a look!
I've even had the opportunity to join her Australian Teachers collaborative blog! Check it out here.
At the moment there's a competition running to win some teacher freebies!

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Winter Holidays!

Hooray! It's the holidays for teachers in Australia. It's been great to have a few cheeky sleep-ins and also have time to work on some resources ready for Term 3. We are focusing on figurative language devices and Autralian money when school starts back. Here's a look at some of the resources I've been making:

All of these products are now at my tpt store! 

Time now to hit the wineries. Hope my fellow Aussie teachers are enjoying their well-deserved break.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Open Night

Long time no post, and for good reason...
I've been preparing for our open night at school. Here's a few snaps of my class!
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Above and below: Maths postcards. These postcards display some amazing maths facts from different places around the world.

Above: Students typed up their planet report, used fonts and colours to make their work look sensational!
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Above: In English, we have continued our focus on report and persuasive writing. The topic for this persuasive writing was "Maths is important".
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Above and below: This term in Maths we've had a huge focus on reading time to the minute.
We also learnt some methods for working out elapsed time problems.
IMG_2187IMG_2014 2Learning about elapsed time! These task cards are found here.
IMG_2012 3IMG_2007IMG_1988IMG_1964Above: These Maths About Me posters can be found here.

Hope you enjoyed the photos!

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Information Reports and more!

Phew! It's been incredibly busy this week and it's only Tuesday! 

Students have been researching and writing about a planet of their choice. Here are their books so far:

We have also been investigating homophones:

And our Science definitions flip books have finally been put up on display from last week:

And as for me, I've finally revamped my Australia History programs which are available at my tpt store:

That's all for now folks!

Friday, 22 May 2015

Earth and Space Science

We are well and truly getting stuck into Earth and Space Science this term! My Year 3 class is looking at the Sun, Earth and moon. Here's a few snapshots. This 10-week program is available at my TPT store, click here to view!

This product is from More Time 2 Teach and it's free!

Monday, 18 May 2015

I'm having a SALE!

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